|GP: Veturilo bicycle rental scheme in Warsaw (Poland)|
Timescales: 2012 – ongoing
The Veturilo bicycle rental scheme was launched in the Polish capital Warsaw in 2012. It is by far the largest of the various bicycle rental schemes operated by Nextbike Poland, as it has 3000 bicycles and 200 stations. The company’s other schemes in Poland, including in cities such as Bialystok, Poznań and Wroclaw, have around 2000 bicycles between them.
The scheme operates from 1 March to the end of November each year and has increased in popularity. In its first three years of operation, bicycles were borrowed more than four million times by around 220,000 different individuals. Rentals on the first day of operation of 2015 were 50% higher than on the same day the previous year. The scheme now operates in 15 of 18 Warsaw’s districts.
Nextbike Poland operates the scheme under an agreement with the city's Public Transport Authority; the current agreement runs until 2016. While there are no plans under the current agreement to extend the system, new stations can be implemented with private money.
One of the challenges that the scheme has faced is a lack of cycle lanes, which has restricted the extent to which users can travel in the city centre.
The scheme was originally called Warsaw Public Bike. Its new name was chosen by users in a vote on six different options that had been proposed by internet users. It apparently means ‘vehicle’ in Esperanto.